UNESCO Chola Temple Trail Private day trip from Trichy
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Product Code : AGORA479
Embark on a UNESCO Chola Temple Trail with a private day trip from Trichy, exploring the magnificent Great Living Chola Temples at Thanjore, Darasuram, and Gangaikonda Cholapuram. These temples, built by the Cholas between the 10th and 12th centuries CE, are UNESCO World Heritage Sites known for their exquisite architecture and rich cultural heritage. Visit Brihadeshwara Temple & Fort in Thanjore, known for its outstanding Chola architecture, and explore the Thanjavur Palace & Museum with its art gallery and library. Discover the artistic stone carvings of Darasuram Temple and admire the unique Tamil style of architecture at Gangaikonda Cholapuram. A cultural journey through the ancient Chola temples awaits on this private day trip.
7:00 AM - Pick up from your hotel in Trichy and depart for Gangaikonda Cholapuram.
9:30 AM - Arrive at Gangaikonda Cholapuram, a temple complex built by the Chola dynasty in the 11th century. Explore the temple, known for its unique architecture and intricate carvings. Visit the Nandi Mandapa, Alankar Mandapa, Maha Mandapa, Mukha Mandapa, and Ardha Mandapa, which are all adorned with sculptures depicting various mythological stories and historical events. Your guide will provide insights into the historical and architectural significance of this temple.
10:30 AM - Depart from Gangaikonda Cholapuram and proceed to Darasuram.
11:30 AM - Arrive at Darasuram, famous for the Airavateshwara Temple, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is known for its exquisite stone carvings, particularly the front mandapam in the form of a chariot drawn by horses. Marvel at the intricate details and craftsmanship of this temple, which is considered a masterpiece of Chola architecture. Your guide will share interesting facts and stories about the temple and its significance in Tamil Nadu's history and culture.
12:30 AM - Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, where you can savor the flavors of Tamil Nadu cuisine, known for its unique blend of spices and flavors.
1:30 PM - Depart from Darasuram and head towards Thanjavur.
2:30 PM - Arrive at Thanjavur, visit the Thanjavur Palace & Museum, which houses an art gallery, a library, and a hall of music. Explore the rich heritage and history of the region through the various artifacts, sculptures, paintings, and manuscripts on display. Marvel at the exquisite bronze and granite statues of the Chola period in the art gallery, and learn about the contributions of the Chola dynasty to art, culture, and music in the region. Visit the Saraswathi Mahal Library, which preserves over 30,000 palm leaf and paper manuscripts in Indian and European languages, including rare and ancient texts.
4:00 PM - Visit the iconic Brihadeeshwara Temple, also known as the Big Temple. This temple, built by the Chola king Rajaraja I in the 10th century, is one of the largest and oldest temples in India and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the towering vimana (temple tower), which is one of the tallest in the world, and the intricate sculptures that adorn the walls of the temple. Your guide will provide insights into the history, architecture, and religious significance of this temple, which is an important pilgrimage site for Hindus.
5:30 PM - Conclude your temple tour and start your return journey to Trichy.
7:00 PM - Arrive back in Trichy and drop off at your hotel.
Private AC car/van for pick up and drop off from/to your hotel.
English speaking local guide, if option selected.
Entrance fees to monuments, if option selected.
Lunch, if option selected.
Bottled water in the car.
Camera charges at monuments.
Gratuities and optional activities.
Anything not mentioned in the inclusions.